Criminalization: A Poor Substitution for Prevention

In 2004, parliamentarians from 12 countries in West and Central Africa created legislation that criminalized HIV transmission in an attempt to reduce HIV infection rates.  Since that time, such legislation has been adopted as national law in 15 African countries, and 34 states in the U.S. have prosecuted  HIV positive individuals for not disclosing their…

From Action to Movement: Creating Change in Policy and Individual Lives

“Learn I wasn’t crazy.” This was the response from writer and activist Gloria Steinem when asked about the best thing she had gotten from the women’s movement.  When I looked around the room at the panel attendees who had traveled from throughout the United States for Teach…

Addressing Obstetric Fistula: Towards a Just and Healthy Life for All

This article is part of a series by RH Reality Check in collaboration with EngenderHealth, Guttmacher Institute, the International Women’s Health Coalition, the Fistula Foundation, the United…

UN Secretary General: "People were not put on this planet to live in fear of their fellow human beings."

  Last week on International Human Rights Day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave a rousing speech calling for tolerance and an end to discriminatory laws.    The excellent speech, in which the Secretary General calls for an end to laws that criminalize same-sex relationships, is available here  and excerpted…

Sixteen Days of Action Against Violence Against Women

Each year, from November 25 through December 10, our colleagues unite in calling for an end against violence against women.     It is unbelievable that in 2010, women across all classes and cultures continue to experience sexual, physical, and emotional violence. Globally, at least one…

Center for Reproductive Rights Sues FDA for Limiting Access to Emergency Contraception

The Center for Reproductive Rights today filed a motion for contempt against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for failing to follow a 2009 court order that would make emergency contraception (EC) available over the counter for women of all ages.   “The FDA has had ample…

One Struggle for Human Rights in the Muslim World

Today, over 40 organizations will stage bold actions in 12 countries to promote human rights as part of “One Day, One Struggle,” an international campaign organized by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR).   In its…

What impact do multiple concurrent sexual partnerships have on HIV transmission?

While there is no doubt that gender inequalities, especially the economic and social disempowerment of women and girls, have a significant effect on the character of many sexual relationships in the region, using a reduction in the number of [multiple, concurrent partnerships] as an indicator for HIV prevention addresses only the symptom and not the…

United States Pledges Support for Global Effort to Fight HIV/AIDS

Today, the United States announced its intention to make an unprecedented three-year pledge of support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). The pledge is tied to the call for smart investments and shared responsibility to reach the goal of saving more lives efficiently…

New Study: Young People Use Condoms More Frequently Than Adults

This morning a special issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine was released, containing a 118 page report on the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB).  With a study group of nearly 6,000 participants between the ages of 14 and 94 …